Sunday, August 25, 2013

Abolish the Pork Barrel! Abolish PDAF!

“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. ~James Monroe

To Filipinos with "Cold War" mentalities out there . . . To Filipinos who still live in their fantasy world and are still blinded by "Cold War" politics. Gising! Wake up!

The march in Luneta on August 26, 2013 is not some kind of plot to destabilize the government nor it’s an elite-motivated people power. It’s a peaceful non-partisan rally asking for the government and the political elites to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more commonly known as "Pork Barrel."

If you're one of those idiots who are still blinded by the very same yellow ribbon that has been choking the Filipino people to poverty and starvation, this is not about your bandwagon president. The idiot doesn't even want to abolish it. He wanted to overhaul not abolish one of the roots of political corruption in the country.

To the idiots who think that the rally is some kind of communist plot, you're wrong. This is not about the commies nor its about the yellowtards. . . This is more than about political partisanship or alignment . . . this is about the country . . . Political division amongst the people are one of the main reasons why all this time the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. All these nonsense about what group or what political party are leading the protest are distracting everyone away from the real issue or what the rally is all about. The lord of all pork barrels (Noynoy Aquino), the senators and the congressmen from different political parties (Liberal, Nacionalista or whatever) must face the music this time around. No longer a slap in the hand or a freakin' push-up . . . Abolish the pork barrel and take responsibility for all the money they pocketed through the pork barrel system. It’s the taxpayers' money and they're pocketing it. Just recently, international watchdog Political and Economic Risk Consultancy rated the Philippines as the "Most Corrupt Country in Asia" and here's why:
Expatriate businessmen in Asia perceive the Philippines as the most corrupt country in the region. Nearly $2 billion dollars, or roughly 13 percent of the Philippines' annual budget, is lost to corruption in the country each year, according to the United Nations Development Program.

Its judicial system is believed to be ineffective at prosecuting and punishing individuals for corruption when abuses are uncovered. Local corruption monitors confirm that graft and bribery in the Philippines remain rampant. Corruption has penetrated every level of government, from the Bureau of Customs down to the traffic police officers who pull over motorists to demand bribes.

People say that they might as well go to work and don't bother that way they can help the country's economy. That is pure bullshit! How can you contribute to the country's economy if the taxes you paid to the government are being pocketed by incompetent politicians.

Banat kayo ng banat diyan hindi niyo naman alam na sariling bayan niyo ay binababoy ng mga politiko na walang pakialam sa taong bayan... GISING!!!

Don't even think that we should go after Napoles first . . . she is just a small fish in a barrel and when captured she would be easy to fry. Let's go after the Porsche driver by the Pasig River, the senators and the congressmen first. They are the bigger fishes and once they face the music, the House of Pork will crumble.


#MillionPeopleMarch #ScrapPork on August 26 - What to bring & other suggestions/ideas

Date: 26 August 2013 (National Heroes Day)
Time: 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Philippines
Alternate Venues: check social media for alternative venues around the country and world


☞ Comfortable clothing and footwear (rubber shoes or slippers)
☞ Extra shirt / face towel
☞ Cap / raincoat /umbrella
☞ Sunblock / insect repellant
☞ Drinking water, snacks/food; pack extra to share with friends and/or donate to volunteers and marshals (please use reusable water bottles)
☞ Garbage bags
☞ Banig/mats, chairs, pillows
☞ Portable radios and/or televisions
☞ Friends and your conviction
☞ Commitment to be the change you want to see


☞ Go in a group; bring officemates, schoolmates, barkada, like-minded friends and family
☞ Bring music, entertainment, karaoke
☞ Conduct small teach-ins/discussion groups
☞ Visit other groups at the picnic, talk with them, exchange (friendly) views and make new friends and
☞ Sign the petitions at the table near the video wall
☞ Bring food and water to share
☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26
☞ There is no central organizer, it’s a citizen’s gathering; all are welcome
☞ This is a peaceful gathering, so always be respectful of others and let’s cover each others backs
☞ All picnic goers are expected to clean up after themselves, so please bring garbage bags
☞ Look after your valuables
☞ Rizal Park, including the Burnham Greens (grassy area of the main gathering), is a NO SMOKING
AREA; drinking of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited
☞ If you are bringing young children, you may consider putting a label on their wrist with contact
information in case they stray away from you
☞ Look after your own group and make sure we maintain proper decorum and discipline
☞ Let’s show the world that we can all gather in a peaceful, harmonious, cooperative and caring way.


☞ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ScrapPork – let’s trend worldwide on 26 August
☞ Monitor media and do call ins, text and/or tweet to share your sentiments on the pork barrel scam; if you tweet, Facebook or Instagram, remember to use the hashtag #ScrapPork
☞ Text or call friends at the picnic with any important or breaking news
☞ Have a protest party in your house, church, or meeting hall and invite friends to monitor the event
on television
☞ Join the Unified Action at 10am, 11am, 12nn and 1pm by having a noise barrage in your area


Key Cities and Municipalities

There will be no politics, slogans, banners, rallies, nor speeches. Peaceful presence is meant to express a collective outrage against corruption, particularly the recent allegations regarding the misuse of PDAF funds ("pork barrel")

Please wear White (White signifies: non-partisan, unity, purity.)

Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, MANILA | 9 AM
Rose Garden, Burnham Park, BAGUIO CITY | 12 NN
1st Rizal Monument, DAET, CAMARINES NORTE | 9 AM
Plaza Rizal, NAGA CITY | 9 AM
City Plaza, DAGUPAN CITY | 9 AM
Puerto Princesa Baywalk, PALAWAN | 8 AM
Calapan City Plaza, CALAPAN CITY | 9 AM
Patio of Ermita de San Jacinto, TUGUEGARAO CITY | 8 AM
Aurora Park, LAOAG CITY | 4 PM

Museo Ilo-ilo/Plaza Libertad, ILOILO CITY | 9 AM
Fuente Osmeña to Plaza Independencia, CEBU CITY | 7:30 AM
Provincial Capitol Lagoon, BACOLOD CITY | 9 AM
Rizal Boulevard, DUMAGUETE CITY | 9 AM

Rizal Park, DAVAO CITY | 9 AM
Rizal Park, DIGOS CITY | 9 AM
Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY | 2-5 PM
City Rotunda, TACURONG CITY | 9 AM
WMSU Normal Road to Plaza Pershing, ZAMBOANGA CITY | 8 AM
Guingona Park, BUTUAN CITY | 9 AM
Post Office, ILIGAN CITY | 2 PM - 5 PM

Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Seaman Society

Philippine Consulate, 556 Fifth Avenue, NEW YORK CITY | 3:30 PM local time

August 25 11:00am Slocan Park, VANCOUVER

August 25 at 10:30am in UTC+02Chiesa S. Prudenziana, ROME, ITALY

In front of the Philippine Embassy, Suffolk St. LONDON, ENGLAND | August 26 at 11:00 am in UTC+01

August 25 at 10am Complex Magic Str. Drumul Taberei Nr. 115 Sector 6, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

August 25 at 12:00pm Chater Road Central, HONGKONG

--Couples for Christ (All Chapters)
--De La Salle University (All Campuses)
--St. Scholastica's College
--Davao Association of Catholic Schools
--University of the Philippines-Dilliman
--Green Team Pilipinas (All Chapters)
--University of Santo Tomas
--Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP)
--KLIK- Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines,
--Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
--Colegio de San Juan de Letran
--Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (All Chapters)
--Polytechnic University of the Philippines
--University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication
--Ang Kapatiran Party
--Saint Vincent School of Theology
--Adamson University



Friday, August 23, 2013

End of an Era: Raúl - Farewell Testimonial Tour

One of my favourite footballers of all time, Raúl González Blanco suited up for his beloved team Real Madrid (Spain) for one last time in the 35th edition of the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy

He played for the Madridista in the first half and then for his current Qatari club Al-Sadd in the second half. He scored the first goal of the testimonial match for Real Madrid who went on to win the game 5-0. This was just the second testimonial match for the Real Madrid legend who also played for and against his former German club Schalke 04 last month scoring two goals for the Bundesliga side in the second half.

When the Madrid legend left the Spanish capital in July 2010, he never get a chance to farewell the Madrid crowd but the testimonial match, though not as grandeur as what he got from Schalke last year, was good enough for the Merengues fans.

 After playing for Real Madrid for 16 years, he suited up for Schalke 04 in Germany's Bundesliga for a couple of years before taking his talent to Doha and played for Qatar Stars League outfit Al-Sadd last year.

Club Honours:

Real Madrid (Spain)
  • La Liga champions (6): 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • La Liga runner-up (5): 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Copa del Rey runner-up (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • Supercopa de España champions (4): 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008
  • Supercopa de España runner-up (2): 1995, 2007
  • UEFA Champions League (3): 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup runner-up (2): 1998, 2000
  • Intercontinental Cup (2): 1998, 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup runner-up (1): 2000
  • FIFA Club World Championship/FIFA Club World Cup fourth place (1): 2000

Schalke 04 (Germany)
  • DFB-Pokal champions (1): 2010–11
  • DFL-Supercup champions (1): 2011
  • DFL-Supercup runner-up (1): 2010

Al-Sadd (Qatar)
  • Qatar Stars League champions (1): 2013-13
  • Emir of Qatar Cup runner-up (1): 2013
  • Qatar Crown Prince Cup runner-up (1): 2013

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Privacy is a Human Right!

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin 

For the last couple of years, our natural right for personal or individual privacy are slowly being curbs by governments who are themselves hiding something from the people. Privacy is a human right and governments around the world are either emulating or pressured by the most paranoid government in the world, the United States of America. No, I'm not talking about the American people, but I’m talking about the American government. Some people just can't distinguish the differences between the people and their government.

For the last couple years, we all know about Julian Assange and the Wikileaks exposing American military atrocities in Iraq (e.g., U.S. Apache helicopter shooting a group of Iraqi civilians and a journalist as if the shooter was playing a video game[video]). There was Bradley Manning who was convicted for leaking such atrocities and other government secrets. This year, we know about Edward Snowden who was treated by many as a traitor for informing the public that their government was listening to their phone calls and reading their e-mails. Of course, there are misinformation campaigns against these guys to discredit them and make them appear as government agents that deliberately leaked government materials. 

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~George Orwell 

Anyway, while governments are trying to protect their secrets from the whistleblowers they are also hypocritically breaching and invading privacy of individuals. One American wannabe government is of course New Zealand's "National" government who apparently wanted to add a star in the Stars and Stripes. The government recently passed an amendment of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in order to legalize the illegal spying and raiding on Kim Dotcom's estate by the government not because of national security or cyber security but simply because the Prime Minister was ordered by Hollywood executives. The amendment also restricts the New Zealanders' freedom of expression and right to live without surveillance.

Of course, there are supporters of the GCSB amendment legislation who are blinded by their partisan politics. The "National" government and their supporters even pathetically argue with familiar line "nothing to hide" argument that government data mining and surveillance programs do not threaten privacy unless they uncover illegal activities, and that if they do uncover illegal activities, the person committing these activities does not have the right to keep them private. Hence, a person who favors this argument may state "I've got nothing to hide" and therefore does not express opposition to government data mining and surveillance. I'm sure if a "Labour" government does the same thing, those idiots are the first ones to oppose such amendment. Bunch HYPOCRITES! The same hypocrites who keep pointing out that the past "Labour" government created GCSB but Labour or National it doesn't matter who started it . . . what really matters are who abuses their power in using GCSB. I'm sure people will have the same reaction if Labour is in power and did the same thing as John Key.

Privacy is a natural right, a human right and it explicitly stated under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

It was a sad day for democracy in New Zealand when majority of the people doesn't even care that their government passed a law to spy on them. They say New Zealand got the largest sheep population in the world, 35 million to be specific and about 4 million of those are bunch of sheeples manipulated by the media and American wannabeism.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Warning to Smartphone Users!

I'm a smartphone user myself and I would like to share this to everyone.

This is about your privacy and protecting your e-mails, passwords, photos and videos.

Mobile users of smartphones have far less privacy than might be imagined. Smart phones allow various parties to monitor not only web surfing, but also email, app usage and physical location. There are so many ways to track a user. The phone service provider knows exactly where you are, and which websites you are visiting. 

The app vendors in many cases know all of your traffic, some of your passwords, and your location. There are advertising networks for mobile apps, just as there are for websites, that share information about you. In the future this will get even worse when smartphones become virtual credit cards. 

There's also this warning posted around the social media before. Although, there are misinformation blogs and websites out there that tried to play down the dangers of this warning. If you got a basic knowledge in technology and social media then this warning is basically nothing for you. You already know what to do.

Warning if you take photos with your cell phone of your kids, grand kids, elderly family members -- WATCH THIS!

This is truly alarming - please take the time to watch this video, AND TAKE THE RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS. At the end they'll tell you how to set your phone so you don't run this risk!

PLEASE PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO TAKES PICTURES WITH THEIR CELL OR SMART PHONE AND POSTS THEM ONLINE. Be sure to share with all your family and friends. This is important info, about what your posting pictures/info on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!! Too much technology out there these days so beware...........

I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. It's scary.

Pictures you've e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could leak information that can threaten your safety or that of your children.

Anyway, the video is quite old but it doesn't mean we just ignore the risk.

Most smartphone users use the GPS location services to power maps, driving directions, phone locators, and other handy applications, but most users are not aware that the same technology may pose a risk to their safety and privacy by recording precise geographical information in the photos they take (the feature is called "geotagging"). Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as a geotagged photograph or video, websites, SMS messages, QR Codes or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata. This data usually consists of latitude and longitude coordinates, though they can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names.

The solution: Some techno-geeks suggested that if you want to share your photos or videos on-line (publicly) . . . simply disable or turn your GPS or Geotagging feature off your smartphone device.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Scottie Pippen better than Michael Jordan in Defense?

I am sick and tired of hearing and reading about people talking about Scottie Pippen as the better defensive player than Michael Jordan. Really?!? How?!

First of all Scottie Pippen is Michael Jordan's Pippen. The Original Pippen. The player that defines the side-kick role in contemporary NBA. He was Jordan’s Robin in Gotham Chicago. He was also the original Jordan wannabe . . . trained with and molded by Michael Jordan to be a "Jordan clone." Some people today keep talking about star players needed a "Pippen" to win a championship ring (e.g.. Derrick Rose really needs a "Pippen" right now). Shaquille O'Neal used to have Penny Hardaway (Orlando Magic), Kobe Bryant* (Los Angeles Lakers) and Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) as his "Pippen.” Kobe himself got his own "Pippen" (Pau Gasol) years later to add two more rings with the three-peat he won with Shaq. One-two punch combos used to be the thing in the 90s, Jordan-Pippen, Malone-Stockton, Hakeem-Drexler, Kemp-Payton, and of course, Shaq-Kobe.

Although, ever since the Big Three of Boston Celtics was formed and won the championship in 2008, coupled with the continuing success of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) and most recently, Miami Heat's Big Three (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh), the NBA has now reverted back to the 1980s when big teams used to have their own big threes to win championships, such as the Lakers (Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy) and the Celtics (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish). Heck, we can even go way back to the ancient NBA times: the Lakers (Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Gail Goodrich), the Sixers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Mo Cheeks) and the Celtics (Bill Russel, Bob Cousy, and John Havlevick). Anyway, the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat was won by their very own big three as well, and the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen-Dennis Rodman triumvirate was very dominant in the mid/late 90s.

Back to the topic, there is no way that Scottie Pippen was better than Michael Jordan defensively. The stats speak for themselves. The only time Pippen beat Jordan in the defensive category was simply because he played more games than Jordan while Jordan's career was interrupted by his retirements. Of course, without Scottie Pippen playing alongside Michael Jordan those six banners at the top of the United Center won't be there.

Michael Jordan:
- 1987-88 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- 9x All-Defensive First Team Selections
- 3x NBA Leader in Steals (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 2.35 spg in the regular season (2,514 career steals in 1,072 games)
- 2.10 spg in the play-offs (376 career play-off steals in 179 games)
- 0.8 bpg in the regular season (893 career blocks in 1,072 games)
- 0.9 bpg in the play-offs (158 career play-off blocks in 179 games)
- 5.2 drpg in the regular season (5,004 career defensive rebounds in 1,072 games)
- 4.7 drpg in the play-offs (847 career play-off defensive rebounds in 179 games)
- 200 steals and 100 blocks in a single season (1986-87, 1987-88)

Scottie Pippen
- 8x All-NBA Defensive First Team Selections
- 2x All-NBA Defensive Second Team Selections
- 1x NBA Leader in Steals (1995)
- 1.96 spg in the regular season (2,307 career steals in 1,178 games)
- 1.90 spg in the play-offs (395 career play-off steals in 208 games)
- 0.8 bpg in the regular season (947 career blocks in 1,178 games)
- 0.9 bpg in the play-offs (185 career play-off blocks in 208 games)
- 4.6 drpg in the regular season (5,426 career defensive rebounds in 1,178 games)
- 5.4 drpg in the play-offs (1,117 career play-off defensive rebounds in 208 games)
- 200 steals and 100 blocks in a single season (1989-90)

[*] If you're a Kobetard and you got offended with him being Shaq's Pippen.... Tough luck!


Friday, August 16, 2013

The Philippines in the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as FIBA World Championship)

This post is one of the continuations of the blog post: Philippine National Team Records in Official Tournaments.

Most Americans treat the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of basketball but for the rest of the world, the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as FIBA World Championship) is the most prestigious and most important tourney in the basketball world.

The Philippines qualified seven times but only participated in four World Championships.

In 1954, the Carlos Loyzaga-led Islanders captured the bronze medal losing only to both finalists, the United States and Brazil. The third place finished was the best finished by an Asian team in the World Championship. The Great Difference (Loyzaga) himself finished as the tournament’s third leading scorer (16ppg) and was named in the all-tournament mythical five selections.

In 1959, the Philippines finished eighth with a 4-2 win-loss record. In 1963, the Philippines was selected to host the World Championship but the Macapagal administration refused the entries of basketball teams from the communist bloc leading to the country’s suspension from major FIBA tournaments as well as losing its spot in that year’s World Championship.

Coach Tito Eduque instructing his players at the 1974 FIBA World Championship [l-r: Abet Guidaben (#9), Yoyong Martirez, Tembong Melencio (#6), and Robert Jaworski (#7)]

In 1974, the Philippines returned to the world tournament but ended the campaign with its worst finished ever. In 1978, the Philippines finally able to host the World Championship and along with defending champion Soviet Union directly qualified to the play-off round. The Philippines finished 8th in front of the home crowd with Yugoslavia winning the tournament.

In 1986, the Philippines qualified in the World Championship but the idiots in the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) wanted to play sports with politics and decided not to send a team that they saw as a product of a Marcos crony. They were even too lazy to form a new team despite having four months to prepare after the EDSA Revolution.

In 2014, the Philippines were one of the underdogs, qualified for the first time since 1986 and played for the first time since 1978. Everybody predicted that the team will get hammered but the team put basketball powers on the edge and despite losing those games, the margin remained closed in the end. However, the team won their last assignment against Senegal, the country's first World Cup victory in 40 years.

Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the FIBA Basketball World Cup (World Basketball Championship).

Appearances: 5 (1954, 1959, 1974, 1978, 2014)
Qualified: 7 (1954, 1959, 1963, 1974, 1978, 1986, 2014)
Medals: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)
Best Finished: Bronze (1954)
Win-Loss Record: 34 games (13 wins, 21 losses)

PHL's Ever World Cup Game: PHL vs. Paraguay
1950: Did Not Participate

1954: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Paraguay, 64-52; vs. Brazil, 63-99; vs. United States, 43-56; vs. Taiwan, 48-38; vs. Israel, 90-56; vs. Brazil, 41-57; vs. Canada, 83-76; vs. France, 66-60; vs. Uruguay, 67-63]

1959: 8th place [vs. Uruguay, 68-59; vs. Bulgaria, 61-85; vs. Puerto Rico, 63-76; vs. Egypt, 66-65; vs. Canada, 79-65; vs. Uruguay, 78-70]

1963: Withdrew (Suspended by FIBA)*
1967: Did Not Participate
1970: Did Not Qualify

1974: 13th place [vs. United States, 85-135; vs. Argentina, 90-111; vs. Spain, 85-117; vs. Australia, 101-100; vs. Mexico, 84-101; vs. Czechoslovakia, 112-119; vs. Central Africa, 87-86]

1978**: 8th place [vs. Yugoslavia, 101-117; vs. Soviet Union, 63-110; vs. Brazil, 72-119; vs. Italy, 75-112; vs. Australia, 52-97; vs. Canada, 88-99; vs. United States, 70-100]

1982: Did Not Qualify
1986: Qualified but Did Not Participate***
1987-2010: Did Not Qualify
2014: 21st place [vs. Croatia, 78-81; vs. Greece, 70-82; vs. Argentina, 81-85, vs. Puerto Rico, 73-77; vs. Senegal, 81-79]

[*] In 1963, FIBA suspended the Philippines for its failure to stage the 1963 FIBA World Championship after President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country.
[**] Host Nation.
[***] In 1986, despite having enough time to prepare a national team (five months after the people’s power uprising), the Basketball Association (BAP) did not send a contingent to the 1986 FIBA World Championship.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New Zealand in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship

Once again, despite both teams directly qualified to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, the Australian Boomers and the New Zealand Tall Blacks will face each other in a two-game home-and-away series. This series is more than just a formality of who will be the Oceania champions but also a traditional rivalry that spread across different sporting codes, from rugby union to rugby league, from cricket to softball, from field hockey to football, from basketball to netball, the list goes on. These two nations have a very rich sporting traditions and rivalry that also go hand-in-hand with their shared history since the colonial era and their ANZAC spirit fighting together in two World Wars.

I will be supporting my adopted country (New Zealand) in this series. The Tall Blacks opened their international season with a 77-76 victory over the Philippines (my home country) in a one-off international test match in Auckland before winning the Shikoku Basketball Classic in an 8-game Tour of China. The Kiwis will not have the services of 2013 NBA draftee Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunders and former Australian NBL superstar Kirk Penney, one of the most decorated Kiwi player ever but both are expected to play in next year's FIBA World Cup.

  • Game 1: New Zealand 59 - 70 Australia (August 14), North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand [match details|video highlights|full replay]

  • Thomas Abercrombie
  • BJ Anthony
  • Casey Frank
  • Everard Bartlett
  • Jarrod Kenny
  • Izaya Leafa
  • Jordan Ngatai
  • Alex Pledger
  • Jack Salt
  • Reuben Te Rangi
  • Mika Vukona (c)
  • Corey Webster

Head coach: Nenad Vučinić
Assistant coach(es): Pero Cameron and Paul Henare
Physiotherapist: Anousith Bouaaphone
General manager: Claire Dallison
Reserves/Injury Lists: Brook Ruscoe and Jeremiah Trueman
Rested/Not Available: Kirk Penney, Steven Adams

New Zealand Record in the Oceania Championship:
1971: 2nd place (silver)
1975: 2nd place (silver)
1978: 2nd place (silver)
1979: 2nd place (silver)
1981: 2nd place (silver)
1983: 2nd place (silver)
1985: 2nd place (silver)
1987: 2nd place (silver)
1989: 2nd place (silver)
1991: 2nd place (silver)
1993: 2nd place (silver)
1995: 2nd place (silver)
1997: 2nd place (silver)
1999: 1st place (gold)
2001: 1st place (gold)
2003: 2nd place (silver)
2005: 2nd place (silver)
2007: 2nd place (silver)
2009: 1st place (gold)
2011: 2nd place (silver)
2013: 2nd place (silver)

Note: Since 2001, FIBA Oceania Championship is also played in conjunction with the annual Al Ramsay Shield Series between Australia and New Zealand.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My first ever basketball title. . .

Well, I finally won my first ever basketball title after years of hurt and trying. . . all those times, standing in the sidelines. . . watching my friends winning basketball titles and all but not this time around. My team, Christchurch Eagles finished the round robin at the top of the table before beating the Foilers 81-67 in the finals of the 2013 Christchurch Social Basketball League (Monday Night Men's Division). Its not as prestigious as any club leagues or tournaments out there but still a title won nonetheless. Although, last night I was actually thinking and hoping that I don't really mind if my team loss this tourney if it means Gilas Pilipinas won the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship. That did not happen but at least the Philippines still qualified for the FIBA World Cup.

Anyway, congrats to my teammates and thanks for the great effort. Well done lads!

Eagles Squad 2013

  • Roland Avila
  • Jay Campugan
  • Aaron Colgrave
  • Jordan Duggan
  • Shaun Jones
  • Arthur Madrid
  • Jose Murcott
  • Atama O'Donnell
  • Donmar Pineda 
  • Julius Sacramento
  • Rey Viloria
  • Tim Yeadon
  • Leroy. . .

Eagles History:
  • 2nd place/runner-up (2010 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)
  • 3rd place (2010 Mariton Cup)
  • 1st place/champions (2010 PCSCI Social Basketball League)
  • 2nd place/runner-up (2011-12 PCSCI-BML Social Basketball League, Second Conference)*
  • 3rd place/bronze (2012 PCSCI Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)*
  • 8th place (2013 FBL Christchurch All-Filipino Cup Basketball League)*
  • 1st place (2013 Christchurch Social Basketball League Monday Night Men's Division)*
[*] My time with the team

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Our Self-imposed Burden and the Big Ball of Wool

This post is NOT mine and is literally copied-and-paste from a Facebook post. I thought I should share this post here.

The big ball of wool Shrek the Sheep

This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous in April 2004 when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years in Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

P.S. Shrek the Sheep was euthanized (murdered) on June 6, 2011

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gilas Pilipinas 2.0: The Road to Spain (2014 FIBA World Cup)

This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

National Head Coach: Vincent “Chot” Reyes
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Ryan Gregorio, Nash Racela
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA), Rajko Toroman (Serbia) (unofficial), Erik Spoelstra (unofficial), Tab Baldwin (USA/NZ)
Team Captain: Jimmy Alapag
National Pool: Jimmy Alapag, LA Tenorio, Jeffrei Chan, Jayson Castro, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Marcus Douthit, Larry Fonacier, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marc Pingris, Andray Blatche, Paul Lee, Jared Dillinger, Garvo Lanete, Sonny Thoss, Mac Baracael, Enrico Villanueva, Sol Mercado, Jay-R Reyes, Greg Slaughter, Jay Washington, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Kevin Alas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, Beau Belga

Road to Spain (Schedule):
2012 Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) Cup (Chiang Mai, Thailand), champions
2012 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), champions
2012 FIBA Asia Cup (Tokyo, Japan), 4th place
2013 Super Keung Seung Cup (Hong Kong, China), champion
2013 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2013 Philippines-Shanghai Sharks (China) Friendship Game*
2013 Philippine Tour of Lithuania* (also played the Lithuania Under-20 national team)
2013 Philippine Tour of New Zealand* (also played the New Zealand Tall Blacks in a one-off test match)
2013 Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2013 Philippines vs. Kazakhstan
2013 FIBA Asia Championship (Manila, Philippines), 2nd place (silver)

More games and tourneys to come.....
2014 PBA All-Star Weekend: Gilas Pilipinas vs. PBA All-Stars
2014 FIBA Asia Cup (Wuhan, China), 3rd place
2014 Antibes International Tournament (Antibes, France), 4th place
2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup (Seville,Spain), 21st place
2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea), 7th place

[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

Individual Honors:
  • Lewis Alfred Tenorio: 2012 William Jones Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
  • Marcus Douthit: 2012 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award
  • Jayson Castro William: 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Japeth Aguilar: First in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2013 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Gabe Norwood: Second in the Top 10 Dunks of the 2014 FIBA World Cup

For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

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Monday, August 5, 2013

"The Penguin History of New Zealand" (Book Review)

Book Title: Penguin History of New Zealand
Author: Michael King
Published: 2003

I read this book for the first time in 2003. In fact, the author (Michael King) died of a car accident few weeks after my high school history class started reading his book. Took me 10 years before I get to buy my own copy and I'm looking forward to read it again.

This book is a good introduction to New Zealand's history especially to those who are new to the country and even to Kiwis who wanted to learn their country's past and origin.

This review was originally posted at Goodreads.


Friday, August 2, 2013

The Philippines in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship

For the first time in 40 years and for the third time in history, the Philippines will host the FIBA Asia Championship (formerly known as the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship). The Philippines hosted the inaugural Asian Championship in 1960 and the 1973 edition with the Philippine national team winning both tournaments.

The Philippines, with the home crowd behind them and a good home record, will be one of the favourites along with defending Asian champions China and reigning William Jones Cup champions Iran.

The national team, Gilas Pilipinas, got only few months and only managed basketball training tours to Lithuania and New Zealand after being "uninvited" and prevented from defending its William Jones Cup title by host nation, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).

The Philippines will face Saudi Arabia, Jordan and longtime rival Taiwan in the group stage.


First Round (Group A):
In the opening game, Saudi Arabia almost gave the Philippines a run for their money but crucial defensive plays in the fourth quarter, including a couple of block shots by Japeth Aguilar, keeps the lead for the locals and secure victory. The second game, on the other hand, Jordan lead the game for most of the first half until the Philippine defense took over early in the second half and started an offensive run to secure victory behind Gabe Norwood's excellent leadership in defense and a Caidic-esque performance by Jeff Chan (scoring 17 points, including 5 three-points shots). In the third game, despite the heroic shooting from Larry Fonacier, Chinese Taipei secured a come-from-behind victory over the Philippines in a game marked by three-point shots with both teams combine for 25 three-point field goals made.

Second Round (Group E):
In the Second Round, the Philippines record its biggest win in this year's tournament so far, trashing Japan by 19 points. Marcus Douthit leading the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds along with Jeff Chan's terrific shooting display and Japeth Aguilar's high-flying offensive game. In their fifth game of the tournament, the national team dominated the first half against Qatar but almost lost the presence of Marcus Douthit in the second half due to injury. He ended the game with another double-double and once again a big help from both Jeff Chan and Japeth Aguilar. In their final elimination game, they played one of their worst half in the tournament before clawing their way back and secured a come-from-behind win over a brave Hong Kong team. Once again, Marcus Douthit and Jeff Chan carried the team to victory and finished top on Group E.

Knockout Stage:
In the quarterfinals, the Philippines trashed Kazakhstan by 30 points with local favourite Gary David scoring 22 points. The Philippines has now reached the semi-finals of the second Asian Championships in a row. In the semi-finals, the Philippines beat their 'bogey' team South Korea for the first time since the 1985 edition. Marc Pingris, Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro and heck pretty much almost everyone in the team made major contributions in the Philippines' come-from-behind victory over their Far Eastern rival. The Philippines has now secured its first FIBA World Cup qualification since 1986 and its first appearance since the 1978 FIBA World Championship.

In the finals, fresh from their biggest win since the 2012 William Jones Cup, the Philippine nationals loss to the most dominant Asian team for the last six years, reigning William Jones Cup champions Iran. In consolation, Jayson Castro William was named in the FIBA Asia Mythical Five along with tournament's Most Valuable Player Hamed Hadadi of Iran. The Philippines has now captured its 9th Asian Championship medal and just its third silver medal finished in history

Win-Loss Record: 7-2
Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship

Gilas Pilipinas Roster:
  • Japeth Aguilar
  • Jimmy Alapag (c)
  • Jayson Castro William
  • Jeffrei Allan Chan
  • Gary David
  • Ranidel De Ocampo
  • Marcus Douthit
  • June Mar Fajardo 
  • Larry Alexander Fonacier
  • Gabriel Daniel Norwood
  • Jean Marc Pingris
  • Lewis Alfred Tenorio

Head Coach: Vincent "Chot" Reyes
Assistant Coaches: Ryan Gregorio, Jong Uichico, Norman Black, Nash Racela
Team Consultants/Advisors: Tim Cone, Rajko Toroman, Tab Baldwin
Reserves/Injury List: Beau Belga, Greg Slaughter, Kelly Williams, Jared Dillinger, Matthew Ganuelas, Sony Thoss, Ryan Reyes

- 2013 FIBA Asia Championship Silver Medal
- 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualification
- Jayson Castro (FIBA Asia Mythical Five Selections)

Philippine Basketball Record in the Asian Championship:

1960: 1st place (gold)
1963: 1st place (gold)
1965: 2nd place (silver)
1967: 1st place (gold)
1969: 3rd place (bronze)
1971: 2nd place (silver)
1973: 1st place (gold)
1975: 5th place
1977: 5th place
1979: 4th place
1981: 4th place
1983: 9th place
1985: 1st place (gold)
1987: 4th place
1989: 8th place
1991: 7th place
1993: 11th place
1995: 12th place
1997: 9th place
1999: 11th place
2001: suspended
2003: 15th place
2005: suspended
2007: 9th place
2009: 8th place
2011: 4th place
2013: 2nd place (silver)

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ethical thinking of Killing Babies?

There is a group of idiots . . .  I mean medical academics or “experts”, as they would like to be called, who published in their Journal of Medical Bullshits . . .  I mean Ethics . . .  that parents should be allowed to kill their newborn babies. These so-called medical professionals believed that newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life.” They also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. [1]

Unfortunately, these so-called ethical thinkers deleted the article from their website and obviously, they also believed in the Westernize form of Genocide - Infanticide (Abortion). The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, and were defended by the Journal's editor Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

The editor even goes as far as labelling the article's critics as “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.” Since these idiots thought that unborn and newborn babies are not “actual persons” I guess for them homo sapiens superior human rights only belongs to a full-grown human just like any extremist liberals and hypocrites out there who believe in women's rights to kill babies but oppose death penalties for criminals. They want to kill babies but save the criminals. In Western societies, the human rights of criminals are far more important than the rights of the victims and law-abiding citizens to protect themselves . . .  and now, they even got more rights to live than an innocent baby. I don't support death penalty but if I have to pick between criminals and babies. I'll pick the right of innocent unborn and newborn babies to live over those criminals that are killing people left and right, and some even get away with it or even get free food and accommodation thanks to the taxpayers' money.

I won't be surprise if many people believe these idiots simply because this photo said it all:


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